Phosphorus

WAMC/Pat Bradley

It’s known as Act 64 and the Vermont Legislature passed it in the last session. The Clean Water bill includes a requirement that agricultural regulations be made more stringent to prevent nutrient runoff into the state’s waterways.  A draft of the new rules has been issued by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture and a series of public hearings begins Tuesday.

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The Vermont Agency of Agriculture has set a new date for a public hearing on a revised decision on a plan to reduce phosphorus-laden runoff from farms in northern Vermont's Missisquoi River basin.

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The final draft plan setting Lake Champlain’s allowable phosphorus levels is set to be released on Friday.  The EPA and the state of Vermont have set a series of public meetings at the end of the month to discuss the plan.

Lake Champlain Basin Program

Every three years the Lake Champlain Basin Program releases a report assessing the quality of Lake Champlain’s waters.  The latest report indicates that despite continued efforts to lower phosphorus levels, they continue to increase.

Lake Champlain International

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation will study the possibility of creating a cap-and-trade system to reduce the amount of phosphorous pollution that runs into Lake Champlain from rivers and streams.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

The Conservation Law Foundation is petitioning the Vermont Agency of Agriculture to require mandatory pollution control practices for farm runoff into one of Lake Champlain’s most problematic bays.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

Regional representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency and officials from Vermont state agencies outlined proposed plans to control phosphorus runoff into Lake Champlain to key House leaders Wednesday.

Courtesy The Fund for Lake George

Lake George’s fight to eliminate an incursion of Asian Clam may need to transition to management of the aquatic invasive.